NFL Week 3 Notes: 2007
September 25, 2007 12:47 AM
Week 3 notes on the National Football League
1) Outcomes that surprised me: Green Bay Packers over the San Diego Chargers. Jacksonville Jaguars over the Denver Broncos. Oakland Raiders over the Cleveland Browns.
2) What's up with LaDainian Tomlinson? He's just not putting up the numbers everyone expected of him. Is it because he played 3 tough defenses to start the season? Is it a poor offensive scheme and philosophy from Norv Turner and Clarence Shelmon? What is it? And why was he arguing with Philip Rivers on the sideline during the game?
3) The Saints better get their asses in gear if they want to make the playoffs.
4) The Patriots are still looking like the best team in the league. The Colts are still looking like #2, with the Steelers, Packers, and Cowboys rounding out the top 5 (until the Saints get their asses in gear). The Houston Texans lost to the Colts, but damn, that AFC South division looks tough this year. I can picture the Texans grabbing a wildcard playoff spot.
5) Another player was taken off the field via stretcher this week. Cedric Killings of the Houston Texans fractured his C-4 vertebra but has already stood on his feet, and doctors expect him to walk out of the hospital on his own power. As I said after Kevin Everett's injury in Week 1, it's only a matter of time before a player is killed on the field.
6) Worst team in the league? Buffalo Bills.
7) Brett Favre watch: another week, another win, another NFL record. This is getting repetitive. And intriguing. Grandpa pulled off the third win of the season for the Packers and tied the NFL record for the most touchdowns thrown by a QB in NFL history.
8) Matt Leinart got pulled in favor of Kurt Warner? Interesting. And Leinart was having a better season than Rex Grossman. How long before Grossman gets yanked?
9) Fantasy tip #1: If you think you'll need a new QB soon, pick up Brian Griese, he'll be the Chicago Bears' starter in 2 weeks. Fantasy tip #2: If you can get Reggie Bush, he'll likely start posting good numbers now that he will be the featured back in New Orleans.
10) Donovan McNabb and Kevin Curtis exploded and connected on 4 touchdown passes. I guess McNabb felt he had something to prove. Maybe he should play every game with something to prove. Maybe then he would have won a superbowl. And isn't that really what it's about when it comes to good quarterbacks who play on good teams? They get all the blame when the team doesn't win games, and all the blame when they don't win a superbowl. Not because they are black. Peyton Manning had the same criticism before he finally won last year. Same thing with Steve Young and John Elway before they won their superbowls. What about Jim Kelly? Dan Marino? Quality quarterbacks who will always be remembered for having not won a superbowl.
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap. The Saints played a little better, but not good enough to win, and not significantly better than the last two weeks. And certainly not as well as I'd hoped, considering it was their home opener. I still blame their offensive line for not providing enough protection in the passing game. I'm starting to think I should also blame Marques Colston. He disappears for large chunks of games, and I'm pretty sure he was responsible for Brees's 4th interception. It looked like he gave up on the play and let the defender beat him to the ball. That's a Randy-Moss-as-Raider move.
2) Saints stat of the week: Steve Weatherford's punt average against the Titans: 53.3.
3) Looks like Deuce McAllister may have been ailing when he missed last week's second half. This week, he tore his ACL, probably out for the season. That sucks. He's a class act and a solid football player.